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'Those involved don't care about the victims' - Three arrested and bomb made safe after dissident searches in Strabane

Three men have been arrested and considerable disruption caused after a viable bomb was found during searches in Strabane.

Police were carrying out the searches at three houses as part of a response to violent dissident republican activity.

The viable explosive device was found at a property in the Drumrallagh Estate, resulting in ten nearby houses being evacuated.

The three men aged 43, 45, and 77 were arrested at the scene under the Terrorism Act and have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning.

ATO (Ammunition Technical Officers) - the section of the PSNI responsible for deactivating bombs - attended the scene and made the device safe.

It has been taken away for further examination.

Superintendent McCalmont said: "Firstly, I would like to thank the local residents for their patience this afternoon whilst this operation was ongoing. It is beyond belief that terrorists have stored a bomb in the heart of one of our communities.

"Fortunately this device was found and made safe before it could cause any harm, however, it clearly shows the intent of those individuals to kill or seriously injure.

"They have absolutely no regard for the safety of local residents in the Drumrallagh area. People involved in hiding bombs want to cause harm, they don’t care who gets killed or injured, and their desire to pursue violence and create more victims, has to be challenged.”

“The items that have been recovered were going to be used to inflict harm on our community.  The people involved don’t care who is a victim - a child, a mother a father, a sister, brother, granny or granddad. 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police on non-emergency number 101, or by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 08000 555 111.

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